Two persons, including the husband of a Sarpanch, were injured when they were shot at by unidentified miscreants in front of the Panchayat office under the Talsara police station on Tuesday night.
The injured duo was identified as husband of Kurei Sarpanch Hrudananda Barik and his friend Ranbir Singh.
Sources said Hrudananda was standing in front of the Panchayat office with Ranbir, when three motorbike borne miscreants opened fire at the two.
But as the victims screamed for help, the hooligans fled from the spot.
Later, locals rushed the two to a nearby hospital. After preliminary treatment, Hrudanand was shifted to a hospital in Rourkela. On receiving information, police reached the spot and began an inquiry into the incident.
Though the exact motive behind the attack is yet to be ascertained, dispute over contract work is suspected to have led to the incident.